Posted on 07th May 2012
The largest study to date on the genetics of glaucoma has identified 2 genetic variations that are associated with the condition.
Over 6000 patients, half of whom had primary open angle glaucoma had their DNA analysed. Variations were found in 2 genes which may interact with transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta), a molecule that regulates cell growth and survival throughout the body. Other genetic research into glaucoma have also pointed to a role in glaucoma for TGF-beta.
The researchers hope that by finding the genes responsible for the condition, new genetic based preventions and treatments can be found. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness worldwide and affects around 2% of people over 40. If you have a family history or are concerned about the condition make sure you come and see us.
16th November 2016
Children often miss out when it comes to stylish glasses. The options for adults are endless, however for kids it usually comes down to character or basic metal frames. With this in mind, we went on t...Read more
11th November 2016
We are delighted to announce that Claire Keith has become our third independent prescriber, having graduated today. After three years of study, Claire joins fellow optometrists Ian Cameron and Gillian...Read more